Arts, education, engineering, health sciences, law, management, medicine, science or social sciences— choosing a discipline is an important part of getting off on the right foot. In order to make a wise choice, you need to be aware of the various paths available in the program you’re interested in. Some of the paths take more time to complete and some require different grade average requirements. Depending on the path you choose, you may be able to combine disciplines, specialize in a particular area, do a CO-OP program or go on to do graduate studies. The table below will help you better understand each of the eleven academic paths available at the undergraduate level at the University of Ottawa.

Undergraduate academic paths

Select more than one academic path to compare your options.
Honours bachelor's (minor or option cannot be added)
Honours bachelor with possibility of adding a minor
Honours bachelor degree with double major or major and minor
Honours bachelor with possibility of adding an option
Joint honours bachelor
Concurrent honours bachelor program leading to two degrees
Honours bachelor combined with college studies
Undergraduate programs requiring previous university studies
Bachelor's degree – 90 credits
Bachelor's degree – 120 credits
Certificate

 
Academic paths
Description
Number of disciplines in this path
Choice of discipline
Examples of degrees
Faculties offering this path
Admission
Length (full time)
Number of credits
Number of courses 
Minimum cumulative grade point average to be considered in good academic standing and to graduate
Optional or mandatory changes during program
CO-OP
French immersion
(Arts, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Telfer School of Management)
Extended French
(Engineering,Science)
Enables studies at master's level
Academic paths Honours bachelor's (minor or option cannot be added) Honours bachelor with possibility of adding a minor Honours bachelor degree with double major or major and minor Honours bachelor with possibility of adding an option Joint honours bachelor Concurrent honours bachelor program leading to two degrees Honours bachelor combined with college studies Undergraduate programs requiring previous university studies Bachelor's degree – 90 credits Bachelor's degree – 120 credits Certificate
Description Fixed path providing highly specialized training Path allowing student to add a minor in a second discipline of their choice offered by their home faculty or another faculty Path comprising two majors, or a major and a minor, in different disciplines. The first major must be one offered by the student's home faculty. The second major or the minor can be one offered by another faculty. Path allowing students to go into greater depth in one aspect of their main discipline by adding an option in a related field Path involving two pre-established complementary specializations Path allowing student to complete requirements of two degrees simultaneously. Usually combination of an honours bachelor and a professional or graduate-level program. Path with two options:
- After obtaining a diploma from La Cité or Algonquin College, the student transfers to the University of Ottawa and is awarded a university degree upon completion of program.
- After completing 75 university credits (25 courses), the student transfers to La Cité or Algonquin College. The student is awarded a degree from the University of Ottawa after completing both programs.
Undergraduate path requiring successful completion of two to four years of prior university studies Path providing a basic university education without specialization Program open only to students who will not meet the degree requirements for an honours program  Path providing additional training to those with previous studies or to meet workplace or professional development requirements (comprises 10 to 12 courses in chosen field)
Number of disciplines in this path 12 35 45 21 16 14 2 14 3 3 7
Choice of discipline Discipline chosen at time of admission. No change required for duration of studies. Main discipline is chosen at time of admission. Students can add a second discipline after completing a minimum of eight courses in their program (24 credits). Main discipline is chosen at time of admission. Students add the second discipline after completing a minimum of eight courses in their program (24 credits). Main discipline is chosen at time of admission. The point at which the option is chosen depends on the program.   Limited number of (pre-established) discipline combinations. Combination is chosen at time of admission. Discipline combinations are pre-established Discipline chosen at time of admission. No change required for duration of studies. Discipline is chosen at time of admission. No change required for duration of studies. Main discipline chosen at time of admission Requires at least one discipline as a major or two disciplines as two minors Discipline chosen at time of admission
Examples of degrees BASc in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering

Honours BSc in Physical Geography

Honours BSocSc in International Studies and Modern Languages

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
Honours BA in Spanish

Honours BSc in Human Kinetics

Honours BSc in Statistics

Honours BSocSc in Economics
Honours BA with Major in Geography and Major in Mathematics

Honours BA with Major in Theatre and Minor in Communication

Honours BSocSc with Major in Sociology and Major in Statistics

Honours BSc with Major in Biology and Major in Psychology
Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Option in Accounting)

Honours BSc in Biology (Cellular and Molecular option)

BASc in Software Engineering, Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship Option
BA spécialisé bidisciplinaire en communication et lettres françaises

Joint Honours BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics

Joint Honours BSocSc in Public Administration and Political Science
Honours Bachelor of Commerce and Juris Doctor

BASc in Chemical Engineering and BSc in Computing Technology

Bachelor of Music/Honours Bachelor of Science with Major
Honours Bachelor in Digital Journalism

Honours Bachelor in Public Relations
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Second Entry Program

Formation à l'enseignement

Juris Doctor (JD)

Licentiate in Law (LLL)

Teacher Education

Undergraduate Medical Education (MD Program)
Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Social Sciences with Minor in Sociology
Bachelor of Arts with Major in Communication

Bachelor of Social Sciences with Major in Criminology

Bachelor of Science with Minor in Biology and Minor in Chemistry
Certificate in Human Resource Management

Certificate in Francophone Studies

Certificat en rédaction professionnelle et édition

Certificate in Piano Pedagogy
Faculties offering this path Engineering
Health Sciences
Science
Social Sciences
Telfer School of Management
Arts
Health Sciences
Science
Social Sciences
Arts
Engineering
Science
Social Sciences
Engineering
Science
Telfer School of Management
Arts
Science
Social Sciences
Arts
Engineering
Law
Science
Social Sciences
Telfer School of Management
Arts Education
Health Sciences
Law
Medicine
Arts
Science
Social Sciences
Arts
Science
Social Sciences
Arts
Civil Law
Education
Telfer School of Management
Admission Directly from high school or after one year of CEGEP Directly from high school or after one year of CEGEP Directly from high school or after one year of CEGEP Directly from high school or after one year of CEGEP  Directly from high school or after one year of CEGEP Only one application for admission is required to apply to both programs. Admission directly from high school or after one year of CEGEP possible in some programs. Directly from high school or after one year of CEGEP Requires several years of prior university studies except for the civil law program (LLL), which accepts students directly from CEGEP Directly from high school or after one year of CEGEP. Minor can be chosen at time of admission or later in the program. Students cannot apply directly to this program. Automatic registration by faculties. Some certificates require prior work experience
Length (full time) 4 or more years 4 years 4 years 4 years 4 years 4 or 5 years, or more 4 years (2 at each institution) 3 or more years 3 years 4 years 1 year (often part time)
2 years for the Certificat en éducation technologique program
Number of credits 120 credits 120 credits 120 credits 120 credits 120 credits 129 to 189 credits 120 credits Varies 90 credits 120 credits Between 30 and 36 credits
60 credits for the Certificat en éducation technologique program
Number of courses  40 courses 40 courses 40 courses 40 courses 40 courses 43 to 63 courses 40 courses Varies 30 courses 40 courses Approximately 10 courses
20 courses for the Certificat en éducation technologique program
Minimum cumulative grade point average to be considered in good academic standing and to graduate 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 Varies 4.0 4.0 Varies
Optional or mandatory changes during program Fixed path. No changes required for duration of studies. Minor is optional Second major or second minor is mandatory Adding an option is not mandatory in most cases. See specific program requirements. Fixed path. No changes required for duration of studies. Fixed path. No changes required for duration of studies. Fixed path. No changes required for duration of studies. Fixed path. No changes required for duration of studies. Minor offered by home faculty can be added but is not mandatory Not applicable Fixed path. No changes required for duration of studies.
CO-OP In some disciplines In some discipline (main discipline only) In some disciplines (main discipline only) In some disciplines In some disciplines In some disciplines No No (available in the civil law program only) No No No
French immersion
(Arts, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Telfer School of Management)
Extended French
(Engineering, Science)
In some disciplines of the English program In some disciplines of the English program (main discipline only) In some disciplines of the English program (main discipline only) In some disciplines of the English program In some disciplines of the English program In some disciplines of the English program No No No No No
Enables studies at master's level Yes Yes If the major is main discipline of an honours bachelor program Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Important information about the table
  • The estimated length of time to complete a program is usually determined based on an academic year running from September to April. This information doesn’t apply to programs with a CO-OP option, because students do some of their study and work sessions in the summer months (May to August). Programs with a CO-OP element usually take one additional session to complete. For some examples of typical paths in each discipline, visit the CO-OP Programs website.
  • Some paths, such as the honours bachelor with major, require you to add a second discipline once your studies are under way. In other paths, adding a second discipline is optional. See the line about optional or mandatory changes during program for more information on adding disciplines.
  • Some programs offered in English allow you to take a number of your courses every year in French through one of two approaches to second language learning—French immersion, which is available in the faculties of Arts, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and the Telfer School of Management, and enriched French, which is available in the faculties of Engineering and Science. Visit the French immersion website for more information.
  • The University of Ottawa uses cumulative grade point average (CGPA) to measure academic performance. Your CGPA is a number out of 10 and is based on the grades you’ve obtained in all courses since you began your studies and the number of credits obtained for each course.
Wondering if a particular path offers the discipline you’re interested in?

Visit the undergraduate programs site to find out about the programs offered in each discipline, the course options in each program and the degree requirements. As you can see in the above table, each path offers different types of programs and a variety of disciplines. If you were recently admitted to the University of Ottawa and haven’t had a chance to visit this page, please take a moment to do so.

Your career aspirations

You career goals can influence the path you choose. For example, you may need a second undergraduate degree, a master’s degree or even a PhD in your chosen field. Or you may want to gain work experience by doing CO-OP placements. Be sure to find out which paths offer these choices. Not sure if a degree in a particular discipline will lead to the career you want? Check out the online tool What can I do with my studies? to get information on potential career options, skills needed, education requirements and more.

Still have questions?

If you didn’t find all the answers and would like to talk to someone about your program to better understand the different requirements and options, get in touch with your home faculty to make an appointment with an academic advisor or academic assistant. They’d be happy to help you decide on the best option for you.

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